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New Galaxy Note8 leaked renders show camera bump, confirm position of the fingerprint sensor

Last week a comprehensive report shed a lot of light on Samsung's upcoming Note8 smartphone, including its record-breaking price. One of the things that leak did not have was any kind of image portraying the device. Today, however, two different sources have come up with CAD-based renders of the Galaxy Note8. Let's start with the more schematic one. Like the other renders outed today, this confirms the position of the fingerprint sensor that was talked about in last week's leak. We also get the umpteenth confirmation of the dual rear camera setup. As you can see, the fingerprint...

Vodafone launches the Smart V8

After releasing the Smart N8 and Smart Tab N8 tablets, now Vodafone delivered the Smart V8 smartphone. It has a Qualcomm 435 chipset and runs the latest available Android 7.1.1 Nougat. The Smart V8 has a 5.5" Full HD screen with 2.5D glass on top. Tucked inside is the Snapdragon 430 with octa-core CPU (four cores clocked at 1.4 GHz, four at 1.1 GHz). The RAM is 3 GB, while the operating memory is 32 gigs. There is a microSD slot for adding up to 128 GB more storage. The back of Vodafone's phone has a 16 MP camera with dual-LED flash and a fingerprint scanner below it....

Limited OLED supply could constrain iPhone 8 to just 3-4 million units

The story is the same, just this time the insiders have more specific numbers - around 3-4 million OLED displays will be manufactured by the time the iPhone 8 launch. And that's not nearly enough. For comparison, the iPhone 6 and 6s sold a combined 10 million units in three days. Numbers for the iPhone 7 are in the same ballpark. So these 4 million units (or less!) are going to fly off the shelves in no time, especially considering that this is the more desirable iPhone (the 7s and 7s Plus will be relatively small, iterative updates). The OLED panels are currently manufactured by...

Apple is now selling refurbished Apple Pencil for a massive $14 discount

Ever thought of purchasing an Apple Pencil for your brand new iPad Pro and felt that the $99 price tag was a bit too expensive? Fear not, for Apple is now selling the Apple Pencil refurbished for just $85. What can easily be summed up as the deal of the century, nay, millennium, the Apple Pencil can now be purchased for a staggering $14 less off the price of a brand new one. Think of all you can do with that money. I recommend starting a new savings account with this. As with other Apple refurbished accessories, the refurbished Apple Pencil goes through rigorous refurbishment...

European Commision fines Google €2.4B for breaking antitrust law

Google has been slapped with a €2.42 billion fine ($2.7 billion) for tampering with results on Google Shopping. The decision comes after seven years of investigation, which concluded with ruling that Google abused its dominant market position and fixed search algorithms. According to the judgment, Google must change its algorithm and must treat rival shopping services the same way it treats its own. The EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager praised Google for the innovative products but pointed out that it also abused its market dominance. Google denied EU consumers...

OnePlus 5 will get EIS for 4K video with an update

The Reddit AMA by the OnePlus team has been a fruitful one - it revealed that the 3/3T will get Android O by the end of the year and also that the OnePlus 5 is getting EIS for the 4K video recording mode. EIS - Electronic Image Stabilization - was always in the plans, but was not completed in time. The team chose to focus on 1080p stabilization as well as stabilization for the selfie camera. 4K EIS is coming, though OnePlus did not commit to a time frame. Also, the team is aware of Wi-Fi connection issues, which will be fixed in the upcoming build. The issues with Vodafone NL are being...

Huawei Honor 9 reaches Europe, will sell for €450/£380

The Huawei Honor 9 is not new, but it did just arrive on the Old Continent. People in mainland Europe are facing a €450 price tag for the 4GB/64GB model. British prices start at £380. "Start" as there's also a beefier 6GB/128GB model. Pre-orders will soon go live on the EU branch of Vmall while sales will begin sometime next month. Besides the UK, the Honor 9 will be available in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland. Huawei has amped up the audio reputation of the Honor 9 by partnering with Monster, the headphone manufacturer, to make the...

Samsung to focus on 6nm chips instead of 7nm

Samsung lost the Snapdragon 845 job to TSMC, so the company is de-emphasizing 7nm chips and focusing on 6nm chips instead. 6nm production is expected to start in 2019, when TSMC could still be using 7nm. For next year, Samsung will introduce 8nm chips (an improved version of the 10nm tech). That doesn't mean 7nm chips are canceled. They will still be produced, though in a limited capacity - likely some in-house Exynos chips. Still, the important ones will be made on the 6nm production line. Both Samsung and TSMC need ASML machines to produce their chips, but those are in short...

T-Mobile USA starts rolling out LTE-U, tests LAA up to 741Mbps

T-Mobile USA has started rolling out LTE-U in select locations (see below) to improve capacity and speed. In addition to that, T-Mobile became the first US carrier to test the related LAA technology. It demonstrated a 741Mbps download over 80MHz of aggregated spectrum in the 5GHz band. If you're worried about your 5GHz Wi-Fi, LAA is designed to play nice with existing wireless tech on the same band by following the "listen-before-talk" protocol. Back to LTE-U. It is available in Brookly, Las Vegas, Bellevue, Richardson and Simi Valley. More locations will be developed later this year....

Xiaomi sold 1 million Redmi 4 phones in India in just 30 days

The Xiaomi Redmi 4 has sold over 1 million units in India, the company just announced. It took 30 days, two weeks less than the Redmi Note 4 needed to reach the same milestone. So, India now has a new record for fastest phone to reach a million sales. The Redmi 4 got to a solid start, selling a quarter of a million in the first 8 minutes of sale alone. It had to take a break after as Mi.com ran out of units, but availability issues have been cleared up now. Congrats to the Xiaomi team! If you feel like joining the million Redmi fans, head to Mi.com and grab one - the Redmi 4 starts...

Asus prepares to launch six Zenfone 4 phones

Six Zenfone 4 phones appeared on the Asus Zentalk forum. A screengrab from Google Support's site revealed the Zenfone 4 Max, the Zenfone 4 Pro, the Zenfone 4 Selfie and three different versions of the Zenfone 4 flagship are approved for Google services. The Zenfone 4 Max (ZC554KL) comes with a model name ASUS_X00ID and is a direct successor to the Zenfone 3 Max. It is expected to have a large battery but midrange specs. The Zenfone 4 Pro is a new device within the Zenfone series so we are yet to find out where it's positioned. All we know so far is the model name ASUS_Z01GD. The...

OnePlus 5 sales go live on the official site

Some of you got their OnePlus 5 early thanks to the special code shown during the event, others bought theirs in person, now the floodgates are open - everyone can grab one from OnePlus.net. You've seen our review and our thoughts, you're voting at the polls. Below is a reminder of the prices. You should have all the info to make a decision. Do keep in mind that you don't need to go through the official site. Brits can go through O2 (actually, the carrier started sales ahead of OnePlus.net), in India Amazon has exclusivity among third-party stores, it's been available in China for...

New Verizon Galaxy S7/S7 edge update fixes boot and Gear 360 connectivity issues

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge on Verizon's network have started receiving a new update. Arriving as software version G930VVRU4BQF2 and G935VVRU4BQF2, the the firmware brings fixes to several issues, including those related to device boot and Gear 360 connectivity. Other issues that have been fixed are related to the Link Sharing app, MMS playback, visual voicemail playback, Google Maps, and VPN. Aside from this, all preloaded Google apps are now accessible in Easy Mode. And finally, there are also some performance improvements to Wi-Fi Calling. Source 1 2 | Via

Canadian carrier Bell to roll out RCS service soon

Bell's customers will soon be able to enjoy Rich Communications Services (RCS). A quick look at the carrier's software update page for the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ reveals the service is "coming soon in select areas." For the uninitiated, RCS is an enhanced version of SMS offering high-resolution photo sharing, instant group chats, read receipts, and more. Currently, only Fido and Rogers offer RCS support in Canada. The flagship duo on Bell's network have been getting an update that adds support for RCS. In addition, the update also brings along improvements related to Voice and Video...

BlackBerry KEYone Japanese launch set for June 29

BlackBerry's latest Android smartphone, the KEYone, will go on sale in Japan later this week - June 29 . Partners Fox and Caseplay have the device listed on their websites, revealing it sold out quickly when pre-orders went live on June 22. Caseplay's website lists a price tag of JPY 69,800, or $625. The handset has been slowly (but steadily) launching in markets around the world. It recently arrived in a handful of European countries including Romania, Hungary, Czech Republic, and Slovakia. Prior to this, Austria, the Netherlands, as well as the UK got the phone. Source 1 2 |...

Google Home now supports multiple users in the UK

Starting today, Google Home owners can add up to six people on one account. The service can recognize multiple voices, allowing users to access information and personal preferences. To activate the service, first you have to download the Google Home app. It must have a "multi-user available" card. You can also find it after clicking the top-right icon for seeing all connected devices. Once the Home is visible, click "Link your account". From there on you have to teach Google Assistant and set up preferences like music, weather and commute info. After that Google Home will be able...

vivo X9s/X9s Plus to be made official next week

Chinese smartphone manufacturer vivo has confirmed that it will be unveiling a couple of new smartphones next week. The vivo X9s and X9s Plus will be made official on July 6 according to a teaser posted by the company. While there's nothing much known about the vivo X9s at this moment, the Plus variant was listed on TENAA's website last month. The documents revealed some key specifications, including octa-core 1.95GHz processor, 5.85-inch Full HD display, and 4GB/64GB memory configuration. The device features a 16MP main camera, and a dual front camera setup of 20MP+5MP. It runs...

Google Wifi now available in France and Germany

The Google Wifi mesh router is now available for purchase in two new markets: France and Germany. The company's online store in both countries has the device listed for €139. The two-pack and three-pack will set you back €249 and €359, respectively. The device was unveiled by the Mountain View, California-based company back in October last year. It went on pre-order in the United States the following month, with sales beginning in the month of December. The device carried a launch price tag of $129 in the US. Source 1 2 | Via

Watch today's Honor 9 livestream here

While the Honor 9 has already been announced for China, the announcement has been covered for the Chinese market, though that still leaves us up in the air about world-wide availability of the Honor device. The Honor 9 will be (re)announced in Berlin today where European and global pricing and availability will be announced. We've yet to know how much the Honor 9 will go for in other markets and which markets those will be. Though thanks to pre-orders launching early on Amazon UK, we already know the Honor 9 will go for £380 in the 4GB+64GB flavor. As of this post, pre-orders are no longer...